Nursery Room

Ages 3 and 4 (3 by October 15)

Children in the Nursery Room enjoy a space where they can experience the joy of creative exploration through group and individual play. Through this guided process, they are exposed to literature, math, science, art, music and cooking. Our Nursery Room maintains  a maximum group size of sixteen children with three teachers.  Children have the opportunity to explore topics of interest in depth. The children’s social skills bloom, as they learn about sharing, taking turns, and the value of cooperative play. They discover that they are part of a larger world, and that the rewards of friendship are plentiful.​

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Theresa Yudaken

Theresa moved to Maine with her husband and 4 children from South Africa 15 years ago. She graduated from the Cape Town Teachers Training College and has had many years of experience working with children. Since living in Maine she has taught pre-K , private Kindergarten and also volunteered as a Kindergarten and Art teacher at Bet Ha'am. She has been teaching in the nursery room and at the Levey Day School aftercare program since 2007. Theresa loves being part of the JCA community!

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Kristina Williams

Kristina came to the JCA Preschool upon moving to Portland. Prior to her job here Kristina taught at the JCC Early Center in Hingham MA. Kristina has a Bachelors of Fire Arts from Lesley University and is excited to bring her creativity and love of the arts to the children in her care.

Tova Mellen

Tova joins our Nursery Threes team as a part-time Coteacher fall of 2022! Her most recent work in education was as a lead preschool teacher at Breakwater school. Tova was also a park ranger at Acadia National Park where she developed and presented programs for the park’s youngest visitors with a focus on local ecology and storytelling. She is a certified Nature-Based Educator from the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools and holds an MA in Policy, Management, and Education from the University of Maastricht Netherlands with her BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. She has a great passion for nature-based education, the outdoors, and all things birds! We are thrilled to welcome Tova into our community and know her creative and collaborative nature will thrive in our community.